Fibroids is one of the most common reasons for a woman to have a hysterectomy and it is believed that over 60% of women will have developed one or more before the age of 45. In fact there is some evidence to suggest that the majority of women have some sort of fibroid.
Recently researchers in Finland have found that a there was a genetic mutation in the MED12 gene in ten fibroids they compared from a sample study of 18 women. This particular gene is involved in gene regulation and when they analysed another 207 fibroids they found that 70% of them contained the same genetic mutation.
However, there is very little known about how fibroids form at present and more research is needed to understand this process. In addition the team noted that all the fibroids came from women at one hospital in Helsinki which means that there could be other, geographic, factors that may be localised impacting on these results as well.